Hurricane Florence made landfall in the U.S. Carolinas Sept. 14, then lingered over the region, causing catastrophic flooding, including prolonged significant river flooding, to the Carolina coast and inland. More than 40 people in the Carolinas and Virginia were killed. The environmental impacts of the storm's damage are vast, and current estimates of losses range from $38 to $50 billion.
The UCC's Response
UCC Disaster Ministries continues to monitor the situation unfolding with Florence in communications with FEMA, National VOAD, partners, UCC Conferences and Conference Disaster Coordinators.
The widespread impact from Florence and other storms has prompted UCC Disaster Ministries to establish a 2018 Hurricane Relief response that will allow us to expand our current capacities and respond through our established networks and partners in the threatened regions, states and territories.
UCC Disaster Ministries is encouraging continued prayer for all the families, individuals, first responders and emergency management staff in the region and urges all in the hurricane's path to heed all local and regional warnings.
If you are in a threatened or affected area, have family and friends there, or are planning to visit a threatened or affected area, please heed the local and regional warnings being issued.
September 13, 2018 - Disaster Ministries Ready with Support as Florence Bears Down on Carolina Coast